Program components

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Shows are team-presented in English and local language as part of an immersive training program

Science Circus Africa is tailored based on the needs of each country and partner it works with, however a typical project involves:

  • Science shows packed with fun, interactivity and exciting education for schools and the general public. These shows align with the curriculum, include content relevant in the African context and primarily use locally available everyday items. For school shows, several schools from a locality will congregate at a community hall or larger school to maximize impact/numbers.
  • Teacher-training workshops that showcase engaging hands-on science that can be done with locally available free/low-cost materials. Apart from hands-on training, teachers also receive a resource booklet, magnets and other educational equipment.
  • Public exhibitions with science demonstrations and hands-on activities for the community. These are run in busy public areas such as shopping centres and transport hubs.
  • DIY science exhibits are constructed in selected countries using primarily low-cost local materials like PVC tube, softdrink bottles and plywood. Exhibitions are run for schools and the community and often become permanent exhibitions after the Circus departs.
  • Capacity building and training for African staff on the above activities. African staff take a lead role delivering the project, such as presenting shows and workshops. This is the key activity that facilitates sustainable outcomes from the project.

All materials to run these programs on an ongoing basis are donated to our African partners in each country.